Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Somebody Always Hates What You Do - Will Shortz

I'm a puzzle fan, and so I am interested in everything that Will Shortz (cross word puzzle editor at the NYT) does or says.

Ran across this interview with him at the Yale Daily News, and his last comment is so bone-deep true, even for hacks like me, that I simply had to share it.

"I’ve discovered that anytime you do something interesting and fresh and really nice, there will be people who hate it. And conversely, no matter how awful something is, there will be someone who likes it." Will Shortz

Backstage: Will Shortz

Monday, March 02, 2009

Mental Epiphanies

I just listened to this discussion by Jonah Lehrer on Fora.tv about how your brain works to solve problems, that there is a part of your brain that does the problem solving, a few cells in your right hemisphere it turns out, that you can only access if you're not directly focused on the problem.

It sounds really unlikely, I know—but I also know that this is definitely my experience, that when I'm working on writing a piece, a science piece that is, I often need to distract my brain by playing a game before I can complete what I'm doing. Sudoku, or Babble, or Cryptoquote, or JigZone. Just one of them and I can get back to work. In the past I've always felt guilty about this—I only have a certain number of hours to actually crank out a new science piece and the game-playing has seemed like a waste of time. I've always done it, though, especially just before the final read-through. I don't think I'll feel bad about this any more.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Adrenaline Rush: The Grammys

I love these days! Coverage of the Grammys at Mahalo.com on Sunday, February 8, 2009, will be just as mindblowingly exciting as the Super Bowl was last weekend. See ya there!